Nurse admits re-selling body parts

January 30, 2008 12:23:16 PM PST
A nurse admits he stole body parts from 244 corpses in Philadelphia for reuse in unsuspecting patients. Lee Cruceta of Monroe, New York, is charged as the lead cutter in a group that prosecutors say trafficked in stolen, often diseased, body parts.

Prosecutors also expect accused ringleader Michael Mastromarino of New York to plead guilty. Three Philadelphia funeral directors are also charged.

Cruceta's plea allows him to serve concurrent sentences in New York and Philadelphia of about six to 20 years for conspiracy, theft and other charges.